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‘Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs’ author will deliver Charleston lecture on food shaming | Raskin Around


A “Southern diet” is at least partially to blame for the high rate of hypertension among black men, according to a study published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham say steady consumption of “fried foods, organ meats, processed meats, egg and egg dishes, added fats, high-fat dairy foods, sugar-sweetened beverages and bread” explains why black men are more likely than white men to develop high blood pressure.

But the study’s findings were immediately disputed by champions of African-American cuisine, who pointed out that the narrow definition of Southern food maligns their culinary heritage.

“Don’t…

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New Center for Study of Slavery to examine troubled Charleston history and current impacts | Features


In 2001, students at Yale University uncomfortable with the school’s expressions of pride in its abolitionist past decided to look into the matter only to discover a complicated history.

The effort received slight attention at the time, but it signaled a shift. Soon, other academic institutions were scrutinizing their pasts.

This academic introspection really got rolling in 2003, when Brown University’s president asked for the formation of a steering committee to examine how the school benefited from the slave trade.

A report published by the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice made clear that the university benefited a lot: It was founded thanks to support provided by slave traders,…

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African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic” October 11 – The Charleston Chronicle


Dr. Vanessa Gamble will present the 2018 Warren A. Sawyer Lecture entitled, “Forgotten in ‘America’s Forgotten Pandemic’: African Americans and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic”. Her talk is timed to commemorate the centennial of the 1918 influenza, which was particularly virulent in Charleston from October to November 1918. The lecture, hosted by MUSC’s Waring Historical Library, will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Basic Science Building Auditorium on the MUSC campus.

Gamble is a professor of Medical Humanities at George Washington University. She is the first woman and first African American to hold this prestigious, endowed faculty position. She is also Professor of Health Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and…

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African-American Real Estate Professionals to Escalate Push for New Policies – The Charleston Chronicle


NAREB President Jeff Hicks PHOTO: Imagine Photography

By Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed by Congress more than 50 years ago, evidence now reveals that government-supported racial discrimination in home buying remains rampant across the U.S. – yet, with little legislative remedy or recourse.

This is the reason that members of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), a 71-year-old organization of Black real estate professionals, are pushing for Congress and policy influencers to take action after a NAREB-issued report and a panel of independent housing experts confirmed pervasive discrimination in homeownership.

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), member, House Financial Services Committee,…

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Black theater groups in Charleston give a ‘voice and forum’ to African-American identity | Features


The Charleston area boasts more than a dozen active theater companies. One specializes in big-production musicals, another in smart ensemble pieces. One company likes to present cabaret shows, another quirky original works.

And then there is Arthur Gilliard’s Art Forms and Theatre Concepts, which has been active since 1995 presenting works by and about African Americans.

A few years ago, another enterprise emerged to highlight the black experience. Yvonne Broaddus started Charleston Black Theatre to create artistic opportunities to examine history.

But it has been difficult for the two groups to keep afloat financially and offer robust programming. Thankfully, the city of Charleston’s Office of…

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Shocking power of biblical forgiveness transforming hearts, lives in Charleston


September 15, 2018

By Denise George
Correspondent, The Alabama Baptist

On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963 — 55 years ago — dynamite planted by white supremacist terrorists exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a historic African-American church in Birmingham, a tense, violent and racially segregated city.

The blast killed four young girls and injured 20 church members. The city erupted in riots, leading to the shooting deaths of two black teens that evening. Photographers captured and televised sensational images of death and destruction, shocking the nation and leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

During the following half-century, every racially…

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